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Overview (3)

Born in New York, USA
Birth NameMaximilian Michael Brooks
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Max Brooks was born on May 22, 1972 in New York, USA as Maximilian Michael Brooks. He is a writer and actor, known for World War Z (2013), The Great Wall (2016) and Saturday Night Live (1975). He has been married to Michelle Kholos Brooks since 2003. They have one child.

Spouse (1)

Michelle Kholos Brooks (2003 - present) (1 child)

Trivia (13)

Became engaged to Michelle Kholos Brooks (September 2002).
Graduated from American University's film school in 1994, after having also attended Pitzer College as a history major and spending a semester at the University of the Virgin Islands.
Was named after his paternal grandfather, Maximillian Kaminsky.
His middle name, Michael, is from his maternal grandfather, Michael Italiano.
Worked as a production assistant on Michael Palin's African rail pilgrimage at the BBC.
His wife, Michelle Kholos Brooks, is a playwright.
Son, Henry Michael Brooks, was born in April 2005, to him and his wife Michelle Kholos Brooks.
Younger half-brother of Stephanie Brooks, Nicky Brooks and Eddie Brooks.
He and his parents Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft all have won Emmys.
Attended Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences (a K-12 independent, college preparatory school) in Santa Monica, California.
Release of his book, "World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War". [2006]
Release of his book, "The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead". [2003]

Personal Quotes (11)

[re father Mel Brooks] I've no desire to become the next king of Jewish immigrant comics, but I am so proud of my old man.
My rule is that whatever I write has to start with its first fan, which is me, I have to love it, because if I don't love it then it's not worth doing.
If you were a vampire you're at the top of the food chain, and you've been spoiled. You're essentially the aristocracy. You have all these gifts: speed, strength, immortality and anonymity.
I'm a really crappy liar. That's one of the reasons my wife married me because she knows I can never have an affair.
You want to talk about ruining a movie? Because the scene where the military commander in 28 Days Later... (2002) says, 'I'm waiting to see how long it takes for the infected to starve to death.' I thought, 'Well, if they eat... then they drink right? They need water?' Well, after four days the human body starts to shut down, so in a purely realistic movie, the dude would wake up out of the hospital and London would just be littered with dehydrated corpses and the movie would be called Four Days Later.
Since 2001, people have been scared. There's been some really scary stuff that's been happening - 9/11, Iraq, Afghanistan, Katrina, anthrax letters, D.C. sniper, global warming, global financial meltdown, bird flu, swine flu, SARS. I think people really feel like the system's breaking down. It's Hurricane Katrina. It's neighbors knifing each other for food, women being raped, the cops not showing up, children dying of starvation, an old lady dying in a wheelchair. If all that happens because of a zombie plague, then you can say, 'Oh, well, that would never happen, because there's no zombies'.
I'm not a horror fan. I'm an anti-horror fan. I think horror fans feel deep down in the pit of their souls, they feel safe, and therefore bored. And therefore they want to be scared. I already have a baseline level of just anxiety about the world I live in," he continued, metaphorically pushing the horror genre away from him on the table. "I don't need to go seeking it out.
[re dyslexia in grade school] I remember I used to come up to my teacher crying because I couldn't read. She would say: 'You can do this. You just don't want to do this.'
[re mother Anne Bancroft] Life is not fair, I'll tell you that. It was hard for her to be a mom, to give up all that and to try and raise me, because she didn't have much of a mom. But she did it. She did an amazing job.
Shaun of the Dead (2004) is an amazing zombie movie but it's also an amazing cultural essay of who Britain was at that point. I think it's sort of the Clerks (1994) of Britain. Real emotions, real drama... I mean, what a movie.
[on Zombieland (2009)] They weren't zombies. It was like some weird mad cow disease.

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